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Entertainment In Canada-Music

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Entertainment in Canada boasts all the sophistication tourists have come to expect from a major North American country, coupled with delightful rural entertainment in relaxing local venues. Covering mainstream world-class productions in Ottawa and the larger cities, Canada also offers the latest in alternative acts and traditional art forms, particularly in its exceptional folk music heritage.

Music of the highest quality, both classical and modern, is offered throughout the country, and major cities provide first-rate theater, dance, and film, not to mention many musical shows and film festivals.

INFORMATION

PROVINCIAL DAILY newspapers are the most reliable sources of information about forthcoming events; the Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, and Toronto Star are the most popular. Listings are usually published at least once a week. The Globe & Mail and National Post are produced in Toronto but are sold countrywide and have excellent arts sections containing reviews of the latest attractions. Tourist offices are helpful; some operators may assist in booking tickets. Visitor centers and hotel lobbies have weekly entertainment guides, such as Where, a magazine covering Vancouver. In Quebec, French-language entertainment is chronicled by two papers, La Presse and Le Devoir. Macleans is a national weekly magazine with arts coverage.

BOOKING

TICKET MASTER outlets are found in many shopping malls and represent major halls across the country. Tickets to venues in Quebec are available from Admission Network. Different offices cater to different sports and artistic events in each city. Most venues, however, can be contacted directly for tickets.

DISABLED VISITORS

MAJOR CANADIAN venues are well equipped to deal with wheelchair users. All interior halls contain ramps and restroom access. Parking lots will have designated disabled spaces nearby. A hearing loop system is available at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, and at most other major venues. Call ahead to check their availability. Outside ramps and elevators are provided to reach concerts halls and theaters at most large centers.

Theater, Film and Music In Canada

Monday, May 28th, 2012

THEATER

Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Montreal are the four top theater centers in Canada (most of their productions are in English). Homegrown talent mixes here with shows imported from Europe and the US. Musicals and classical theater are always popular and tend to be fine quality. Shakespeare is popular, but there is a wide spectrum of shows – a stylish revival of the 1980s hit Fame was a long-running success in Toronto in the late 1990s. The main theaters listed opposite have a principal season from November to May, but summer attractions are on the increase. Musicals and historical reconstructions are always strong family entertainment; the best-known is the musical Anne of Green Gables, performed year-round since the 1950s in Charlottetown.

FILM

Imported Hollywood blockbusters have no better chance of success than in Canada, where premieres are often parallel with the US, so visitors may well see films in advance of a showing in their own country. Huge IMAX and OMNIMAX IEUR movie theaters, often with up to 20 screens, are to be found in the center of major cities, particularly in Ottawa and Hull.

Canada has a fine history of filmmaking: the documentary genre was invented here, and more recently its art films have attracted a wider audience.

The main centers to see the new trends are Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto. Robert LePage, Canada’s own theater and movie impresario, has an international following among the cognoscenti. The surrealist David Cronenberg, director of eXistenz (1999), is also Canadian. Quebec’s Denys Arcand directed Jesus of Montreal (1986), a film that, despite some controversial scenes, was highly praised. The National Film Board selects and releases a work by native talent each year, comprising feature films, animations, and documentaries.

Ideal for spotting new talent in its birthplace, every year the Toronto International Film Festival provides a lively magnet to moviegoers, as do parallel festivals held in Montreal and Vancouver.

CLASSICAL MUSIC BALLET, AND OPERA

Classical music and opera draw large audiences in Canada, and this is reflected by the high quality of performers and venues. The Canadian Opera Company is based at the Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, with a repertoire ranging from Mozart to cutting edge pieces sung in English.

The National Ballet of Canada is also based here, rival to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; both companies feature period pieces and experimental work in their seasonal run. Fringe theater takes off in Toronto each summer with 400 shows selected by lottery. Well over 100,000 people annually visit the state-of-the-art Jack Singer Concert Hall in the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts to hear the celebrated Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra plays at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver.

ROCK, FOLK, AND POP MUSIC

During the 1990s, Canadian pop music acquired a credibility even its kindest supporters would admit had previously been lacking. Quebec’s Celine Dion is a superstar and Shania Twain and Bryan Adams are international stars. Alanis Morissette, a worthy successor to her country’s heritage of folk rock, now tours the globe. Canada is perhaps the best known for its folk music, with such stars as Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell being the best-known faces from a centuries-old tradition.

The product of an intensely musical rural people, the nature of Canadian song changes across the country, moving from the lonesome Celtic melodies on the east coast to the yodeling cowboys in the west. Atlantic Canada has numerous tiny, informal venues, where an excellent standard of music can be found. Prince Edward Island often offers a violin accompaniment to its lobster suppers, and New Brunswick’s folk festival celebrates both music and dance. Quebec’s French folksters include singer Gilles Vigneault who is also admired in Europe. The Yukon’s memories of the gold rush surface in 19th-century vaudeville, reenacted by dancing girls and a honkytonk piano in Whitehorse.